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Hannah Groch-Begley

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  • In Lockstep: Conservative Media Turn To Attacking The Fact-Checkers


    In an attempt to shield Mitt Romney's campaign from criticism that many of its claims against the Obama administration are based on falsehoods, conservative media have resorted to attacking fact-checkers, accusing them of liberal bias or of "shilling" for the Obama campaign. This is in keeping with the position of the Romney campaign, which has said, "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."

  • REPORT: How The Media Covered Two Romney Falsehoods


    Two recent falsehoods from the Mitt Romney campaign have received media attention: the false claim that President Obama removed the work requirement from welfare, and the false claim that the health care reform bill "cuts" $716 billion from Medicare. While many mainstream media outlets debunked the false claims in much of their coverage, several -- particularly Fox News and The Wall Street Journal -- repeatedly failed to debunk the falsehoods.

  • Sean Hannity Falsely Claims U.S. Economy Is Losing 400,000 Jobs Per Month

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    Sean Hannity attacked President Obama's job creation record by falsely claiming that the U.S. economy is "losing 400,000 jobs a month." In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that since the beginning of 2012 "employment growth has averaged 151,000 per month," with 163,000 jobs created in July. In 2011, the economy similarly added an average of 153,000 jobs every month.

    On his radio show, Hannity accused Democrats of demonizing Republicans on the economy because "Obama hasn't done a good job." As evidence, Hannity claimed "we're losing 400,000 jobs a month":

    Contrary to Hannity's claim, in its May 2012 report, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that between 200,000 and 1.5 million jobs were created as a direct result of the stimulus in the first quarter of 2012 alone.

    This is not the first time Hannity has employed falsehoods about job rates and the economy. He has pushed the "deeply misleading" myth that millions of jobs were lost under President Obama, falsely claimed that Obama was responsible for making black unemployment worse, and continues to insist "You cannot make the case with a straight face that this economy has gotten better under this president."

    In reality, housing prices are going back up and pending home sales have risen "to their highest level in more than two years in July." Both are marks of an improving economy.

  • Fox Falsely Links Undocumented Youth To 9-11 HIjackers

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    Fox News stoked fears of terrorism and distorted the facts surrounding the 9-11 attacks to slam the Obama administration's deferred action decision, with anchor Gregg Jarrett suggesting that President Obama "is making it easier for acts of terrorism to be committed." Jarrett and guest Brad Blakeman, a Republican strategist and former Bush White House official, used the 9-11 hijackers as examples for what could possibly happen if undocumented youths are allowed to obtain driver's licenses under the plan.

    Not only is it demeaning to compare undocumented youth who have grown up in the United States to the 9-11 hijackers; it's also ridiculous knowing the facts surrounding 9-11.

    On June 15, the Obama administration announced an immigration plan that will give eligible undocumented youth a chance to avoid deportation and obtain a legal work permit. The program went into effect on Wednesday. Depending on the state, some undocumented youths will also be able to acquire driver's licenses and Social Security cards.

    On America's Newsroom this morning, Jarrett and Blakeman seized on the possibility of undocumented youths obtaining state driver's licenses to link the youths to the 9-11 hijackers and fearmonger about the potential for more terrorist attacks. Blakeman asserted that the hijackers "used driver's licenses" to "get on planes," and that they did so while here illegally.

    Picking up the theme, Jarrett then said to Blakeman:

    JARRETT: California, for example, is now using the president's executive decision on deferred status to give people who are here illegally a driver's license. Now the 9-11 hijackers, many of whom were here illegally as well, obtained state licenses using them to board the airplanes. Could one argue, Brad, that the president is making it easier for acts of terrorism to be committed? Do you worry about that?

    In fact, at the time of the attacks, only two of the 19 hijackers were in violation of their immigration status for overstaying their visas, and none would have qualified under the deferred action program. The 9-11 hijackers entered the country legally on non-immigrant visas.